Where is Northamptonshire?
Northamptonshire is a county in the East Midlands of England. It borders Leicestershire, Cambridgeshire and Rutland to the north, Bedfordshire to the west, Buckinghamshire to the south-west and Hertfordshire and Essex to the east. It has a population of approximately 868,000 people and covers an area of 2,074 square kilometres. The largest city in Northamptonshire is Northampton.
Areas in Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire is a county made up of several areas. Northampton, Corby and Kettering are the largest towns in this region which includes Daventry, Wellingborough and Rushden. There are also many smaller communities including Finedon, Irchester, Weldon and Little Houghton.
Some of the more popular areas for prospective homeowners include:
Northampton – This town is the largest in Northamptonshire and offers a great range of amenities including schools, shops and restaurants. It has a population of over 210,000 people.
Kettering – This town is located close to Northampton and has a population of around 78,000 people. It offers plenty of local amenities as well as good transport links.
Corby – Another popular town in Northamptonshire is Corby which has a population of around 60,000 people and offers many amenities including schools, shops and restaurants. It also has easy access to the A43 road network.
Wellingborough – This town is also located in Northamptonshire and has a population of around 53,000 people. It offers great transport links to the surrounding areas including London.
Daventry – This town is located close to Northampton and has a population of around 34,000 people. Daventry offers many shops and amenities as well as good transport links including the M45 motorway.
Rushden – This town is located within Northamptonshire and has a population of around 32,000 people. It offers great transport links to the surrounding areas including London as well as shops and amenities.
Wollaston – This small village in the East of Northamptonshire has a population of only around 2000 people but it does offer great links with Birmingham City Centre and the surrounding areas.
Universities in Northamptonshire
Northampton is home to the University of Northampton, a well-established university with a long history. The University of Northampton offers a wide range of courses across many faculties and has been praised for its teaching quality.
Top Schools in Northamptonshire
There are a number of excellent schools located in Northamptonshire, including the following:
Queens’ School – a girls’ school located in Northampton which is rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and has been ranked as the top-performing school in Northamptonshire.
St Andrew’s Roman Catholic High School – a mixed secondary school located close to Kettering which has been rated ‘good’ by Ofsted and is one of the highest achieving schools in Northamptonshire when it comes to GCSE results.
The King’s School – an all boys’ school also located in Northampton which is rated as ‘good with outstanding features’ by Ofsted and has been ranked as the top-performing school in Northamptonshire for A level results.
Magdalene College – a co-educational sixth form located in Oundle which is one of the highest achieving schools in Northamptonshire when it comes to GCSE, AS and A levels.
Population of Northamptonshire
The population of Northamptonshire is just over 630,000, mostly located in the south of the county.